Cruising down the highway . . . .

Posted: February 14, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #96 (14.02.13)

Well, here in the Grand Duchy, we are waiting patiently for good news and good weather, but we’re not short of good company. There has been much activity and we certainly didn’t find ourselves with time on our hands this week. Plenty of social encounters and not a few chores to get out of the way. Some how, we found enough time to prepare for our weekly musical adventure that we call Cruising with The Commissioner. We made good use of the time and found a few treats and included a special feature on celebrated R&B artist, Richard Berry . . . . all designed to tantalise your musical taste buds.
Cruising #99
Our Girls & Guitars feature has had plenty of nominations from the cruising crew for inclusions and this week the focus fell on Sue Foley and this is due in no small measure to the entreaties of the esteemed Arfa Pinetop. Our choice came from her Antone’s album ‘Queen Bee’ and it was ‘Lightening Boogie’.

Another joy on this week’s show was the special feature on celebrated R&B artist, Richard Berry, and we are indebted to our good pal Pete Hall and his associates for tracking down the interview by Paul Jones and the opportunity to hear from Richard Berry himself.

Our cruising travels started off in the knowledge that it was Valentine’s day. So, we kicked off with a hint of romance with Jackie Wilson and ‘Love Train’ and to enter into the spirit of things, we followed up with The Clovers and ‘Love, Love, Love’. Then we were motoring well and there was nothing better than just sitting back and relaxing.

For Valentine’s day, we could have played ‘Kiss Me Honey, Honey Kiss Me’ by Shirley Bassey, but we just didn’t have time . . . . . as you can see:

Cruising way out of town . . . . .                                       tee shirt marathon
Love Train – Jackie Wilson
Love Love Love – The Clovers
Doctor Love – Bobby Sheen
I’m Falling In Love With You Baby – Little Joe Cook
I Guess I’ll Always Love You – The Isley Brothers
Truly Your – the Spinners
Lovely Dee – The Untouchables
Rescue Me – Dee Dee Warwick
It’s Growing – Margie Johnson
Lightening Boogie – Sue Foley
Baby Let Me Follow You Down – Bob Dylan

Three From Me . . . . . with Mrs TC
Mr Blue Sky – ELO
Wondrous Place – Billy Fury
Big Bad Handsome Man – Imelda May

Cruising with Richard Berry . . . . .
Yamma Yamma Pretty Mama – Richard Berry
She Wants To Rock – The Flairs
Real Good Lovin’ Man – The Flairs
Have Love Will Travel – Richard Berry
Get Out Of The Car – Richard Berry
Rockin’ Man – Richard Berry
Riot In Cell Block No.9 – The Robins
Louie Louie – Richard Berry
Mad About You – Richard Berry

Memory Lane . . . . with the Commissioner
Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll – Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys

Cruising for home . . . .
Cruising Down The Highway – The James Gang
Not Fade Away – Roy Rogers
Hard Knocks – Joe Cocker
Twist & Shout – David Linley
A Night with Daddy “G” – The Church Street Five
Right Eye’s Jumping – Ray Collins Hot Club

Well, the archives got a good visit to research the background to the song ‘Baby Can I Take You Down’. It was first recorded in 1935 by the State Street Boys, and again by Washboard Sam in 1936. After that it got adapted by the Harlem Hamfats in 1937 and by Blind Boy Fuller in 1938. Indeed, it was that Blind Boy Fuller version of the song that was adapted by the Reverand Gary Davis and Eroc Von Schmidt in the 50s and influenced the young, up and coming folk singer Bob Dylan, who made it famous on his debut album.

It turns out, we had an unsupervised visit from Mrs TC, wafting into Cruise Control to play with equipment. Fortunately, no lasting damage was done and we did get the benefit of Mrs TC’s Three From Me, which seemed to be particularly well received, judging by the chatroom chatter.

Our trip down Memory Lane this week took us back to 1969 and a much trailed album of the year, which came from a new band called Cat Mother and The All Night Newsboys. Their first album was titled ‘The Street Giveth… and the Street Taketh Away’ and was produced by Jimi Hendrix, including a track called ‘Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll’ that became their single.

The sand in the egg timer ran out before we had played all that we had for our playlist, but we were already looking forward to next week when we hope to have your good company again to go Cruising with The Commissioner. If that seems too far off, you can always check out our website for the other shows we enjoy.

So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . remember to . . . . have fun!

  1. Lil-Sis says:

    A good 3 from me from Mrs TC


  2. Arfa Pinetiop says:


    After enduring the inane questions of PJ to Richard Berry again (I had been a regular listener and contributor of occasional musical fairy stories to Jazz FM), I then had to put up with Reverend Jones on the excellent bbc 4 prog of the 2013 recording of Please Please Me! He revealed that Delbert McClinton taught Lennon how to play the harp or was it Shirley Abicair anyway one of the two.

    I hope you saw it an excellent rendition of Twist and Shout by Beverley Knight and a reminder of what a great artist Arthur Alexander was, thus prompting me to request (no demand) some AA on your wonderful show !!!


    • Most esteemed Arfa

      I thought Beverley Knight and The Stereophonics were the outstanding contributers to the Beatles ‘Please Please Me’ anniversary show. I must see if we can find their performances to play on a future show.

      I knew about Delbert McClinton playing on Bruce Channel’s ‘Hey Baby’, but hadn’t heard the story before about him teaching John Lennon!

      We’ll see about some Arthur Alexander for next week’s show . . . . by popular demand!

      Have fun . . . .


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